Summary Canon T3i

Prices Price
Body only $499 - $648 With 18-55mm lens $200 - $570
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 22.3x14.9mm Screen resolution Help 1,040k dots
Megapixels Help 17.9 MP Movie format Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 6,400 ISO
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Also known as: Canon Kiss X5, Canon EOS 600D

Canon Rebel T3iCanon Rebel T3i

Replacement

Canon has replaced the Rebel T3i with the T4i.

Canon Rebel T4i
Canon Rebel T4i announced May, 2012
Touch screen Has a touch screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Autofocus Video autofocus

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the T3i

"The Rebel T3i / 600D is exactly the camera that we'd expect it to be - it's feature-rich, reasonably priced, enjoyable to use and, most importantly, takes great pictures."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"Good quality 1080/720p video output with a range of frame rates and control over exposure"
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
"Overall it's the first entry-level Canon that we've been happy to carry around one-handed for an extended session of shooting since the original 300D."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's feel

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The Canon T3i vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots
Lens availability More lenses available Help
197 lenses
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Lowest price Very inexpensive Help
$199.95
Popularity Very popular Help
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Cons

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The Canon T3i vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
65.0
Color depth Less color depth Help
22.1 bits
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
11.5 EV
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.7 fps
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Sensor size Small sensor Help
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
440 shots
Announced Old Help
February, 2011
Size Slightly large Help
Professional size 133x99x79 mm
Thickness Thick Help
3.1"
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
793 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
0.53x
Startup delay Longer startup delay Help
1500 ms startup delay
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
9
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
283 ms shutter lag
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
1
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second

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Discussion

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Avatar for Ian Santopietro Ian Santopietro (5:11 PM, December 16, 2013)
Hey man, don't go dissing the thrifty fifty! The 1.8 lens is still nice, and excellent glass for the price!
 
aarongreenfoot (6:36 AM, July 15, 2013)
Ha! This is two years old, and still funny!
 
IMtiaz (3:47 AM, July 10, 2013)
the back pic is not of t3i .... that pic is of t3 ..t3i got tilting LCD
 
Avatar for Devon Etherton Devon Etherton (2:04 AM, June 01, 2013)
T4i is more geared to video
 
Avatar for Devon Etherton Devon Etherton (2:03 AM, June 01, 2013)
I have used the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens for portrait and love it.. It's a very sharp,small and not extremely expensive lens.
 
Kael (10:57 PM, May 20, 2013)
He was being ironical when he said ironical.
 
Avatar for Tamer Ragheb Tamer Ragheb (11:28 AM, May 11, 2013)
I am using a Canon Rebel T3i since a while, not the expected image quality when using higher ISO than 800
 
Avatar for JSDirect JSDirect (1:45 PM, April 10, 2013)
I love this camera. In my opinion, the coolest feature is the 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen rated an impressive 1 million pixels. The key point is its flexibility compared to the Nikon, which has a fixed screen. They have these on sale at a great discount with free shipping at http://canonrebelt3isale.blogspot.com/
 
Froomhouse (6:55 AM, April 22, 2012)
Ironical is not a word. I hope you were trying to be *ironic too.
 
JDKRIEK (4:17 PM, April 07, 2012)
I agree the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens is amazing for portraits.
 
Avatar for KoutureCrochet KoutureCrochet (1:54 PM, April 05, 2012)
New to dslr,

For all cannons autofocus and image stab are in the lense not the body correct?
 
Avatar for Scott Spaulding Scott Spaulding (10:24 AM, March 25, 2012)
Uh, not sure where that 'YES' comes from on the 'built in autofocus motor'...  No Canons have body focus motors....they're all in the lenses...  Nikon is split, their high end bodies have the focus motors on them while the low end have them in the lenses...makes for a much rougher conversion from crop to full frame later...
 
Kcore (1:14 PM, March 20, 2012)
I know this is too late for the birthday, but I have the 50mm 1.4 and l love it for portraits.  Have taken several of infants and teenagers and people ask where they took the kids (what studio).  Is more expensive than the 1.8 but bocha is so nice.  Good luck@c81677232f76be2fd4d90e73dfb24874:disqus 
 
Avatar for CarolynReichert CarolynReichert (3:57 AM, February 09, 2012)
Recently bought Canon T3i which came with EFS 18-55MM IMAGE STABILIZER MACRO 0.25M/0.8FT lens.  Completely new to us.  Would like to purchase a portrait lens for son's birthday next week.  Any suggestions?

 
KeLvIn WoOi (6:06 PM, January 25, 2012)
I love my EOS 600D but is it good 4 taking videos? :/
 
Guest (9:56 AM, January 07, 2012)
Current body only price is only $650
 
Avatar for Martin Cura Martin Cura (4:46 AM, December 14, 2011)
Thank you so much! I was so in doubt since I saw the D5100 and even though I don't like Nikon very much, it made me doubt myself... now it's settled. T3i it is! Thank you and have a great day :)
 
Aklonick (0:26 PM, December 11, 2011)
I think you mean "you're dumb"...I really hope you were trying to be ironical
 
mjke (8:19 AM, November 30, 2011)
t3i is so much better overall ....... if you make videos and get a nikon your dumb.
 
Bo Smits (2:12 PM, October 22, 2011)
Important differences between Nikon D5100 and Canon T3i

D5100 built in wireless flash controller: NO
T3i built in wireless flash controller: YES

D5100 maximum movie frame rate: 30 fps
T3i maximum movie frame rate: 60 fps

Startup time for D5100: 0.5 second
Startup time for T3i: 0.4 second (if the autoclean function is disabled)

Nikon makes battery grip for D5100: NO
Canon makes battery grip for T3i: YES

D5100 viewfinder: 0.51X
T3i viewfinder 0.53X

D5100 built in autofocus motor: NO
T3i built in autofocus motor: YES

T3i LCD has higher resolution than D5100

T3i has more adjustment settings than D5100 in movie mode

D5100 continuous autofocus ruined some of my movies because it is quite loud and distracting during playback

I returned my D5100 and bought the T3i because of the above differences.
 
JackieD (3:05 PM, September 08, 2011)
one of the best.... kicks nikon since it has a built in focus motor !
 
Avatar for Justiciar Justiciar (4:05 PM, July 12, 2011)
orly?
 
Hanie (7:09 PM, April 21, 2011)
the best of it's kind! put the nikon models to shame